Code Chicago is a series of hands-on, mobile development, web programming and design workshops held at the innovation center, BLUE1647, where every participant will work with one another and join in the spirit of collaboration and learning. It is this aspect of education that we trust would resonate most with our participants — and that with an open atmosphere where no question is off limits, we see interesting and inspiring thinking about how to embrace the openness of the web and mobile platform as an opportunity palette — and to really push what might seem conventionally possible with a web browser, and a mobile device having an internet connection.
Our sessions are relaxed, and our participants in attendance leave being able to approach problems from multiple perspectives and skill-sets — not accepting simple technical limitations as barriers to executing on a vision. Participants have a strong understanding on logic and basic programming syntax and structure, and after a series of sessions, have designed, implemented, and deployed functional web or mobile applications.
Sessions are structured to emphasize group collaboration, which is at the very heart of most modern project developments. It’s not only about Ruby on Rails, Python, Android and iOS programming, it’s also about learning to think critically to solve problems and develop team-building skills, which will be invaluable in your future workplace. Our goal is to familiarize you with the intricacies of these programming platforms, while at the same time, fostering inspirational thinking, which will create future opportunities for you. Code Chicago is not stodgy or static; we are seeking to actively push the boundaries in new and unexpected ways, and we want you to participate.
Code Chicago provides great value; at the same time, gaining the skills and tools necessary for the development industry. Our vision is to empower you to bring your own dreams to life through coding. We want to take you far beyond simplistic “by-the-book” training and give you the tools to make an impact. Participants also receive (or get to):
1. Free co-working space at BLUE1647, and access to events.
2. Additional help from our members that are entrepreneurs and developers.
3. Participate in “Hackathons”.
4. Develop personal relationships with our partner organizations.
5. Direct interaction from on-site developers.
This is a flexible learning opportunity; our training events are perfect for busy professionals and students alike. Code Chicago is offering you an accelerated part-time after-hours learning environment - where students are still able to have jobs and maintain their familial relationships while attending training events.
Through our specialized approach to education, we have a great mix of teachers pulled directly from industry who are able to lend support and impart hands-on experience, as opposed to classes that require students to teach themselves how to program with supplemental materials using instructors as guides to help students when they're stuck or have questions.
Code Chicago’s accelerated technology training sessions places emphasis on developing your own tangible product for your personal digital portfolio, this is a perfect place to meet collaborators for future projects or even assemble your own team for a future project. Whether you're a beginner, or advancing learner, you learn the importance collaboration plays in technical development, and will be confronted by certain challenges, which push you towards further developing your “strategic vision”.
Finally, this is an investment in yourself. The training and creative problem solving concepts you will learn will energize your ingenuity, and make you more employable. Training events require around 8-15 hours of effort per week from participants in order to maximize the student’s personal outcomes. Whether you’re planning on pursuing college, aiming to change your career, or want to try to forge a path on your own, our unique learning opportunities will prepare you for the road ahead by imparting tangible skills with real-world value.
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